Stalking Leonin

Stalking Leonin

Creature — Cat Archer

When this enters the battlefield, secretly choose an opponent.

Reveal the player you chose: Exile target creature that's attacking you if it's controlled by the chosen player. You may only activate this ability once, unless it re-enters the battlefield.

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Stalking Leonin Discussion

MULRAH on Rogues Mill

5 months ago

After adding some mass removal to my cycle of budget tribal decks, I playtested them all against each other, and this deck came out on top! The game was a little funky as the only two creatures with infect out of 500 cards managed to come out early in the game, thereby threatening very quick finishes if "players" didn't figure out how to defend against these threats. I had players treat the Dragon Reanimator deck with respect, knowing they'd be taken out instantly if they drew its ire. The Knights & Equipment deck was up to its usual shenanigans, and a recently played Knights' Charge threatened to pour eight knights onto the battlefield from the graveyard. After aiming its Blighted Agent at the Cats Voltron deck, this deck figured it was the one selected by the Stalking Leonin , so it struck a loose alliance with the cats. The two decks started slapping other decks with 5 poison counters. Meanwhile, the Elementals Toolbox deck was kind of just lurking, benefiting from all the milling and forced card draw to amass dozens of counters on Hoofprints of the Stag . I suspect that had the game gone on longer, this deck would have emerged as the winner.

However, the game did not go on any longer. Nobody did anything about this deck's Grand Architect , and--with an encoded Whispering Madness drawing five or six cards every turn--this deck eventually drew its Pili-Pala . It just so happened to draw Folio of Fancies that same turn, so with its infinite mana it was able to draw its entire deck (though everyone else got to do the same). It could have stopped there and just had everyone lose to decking, but a Perplexing Test returned all creatures to hand just in case there were some shenanigans that could happen before each player's draw step (there weren't).

The board state in this game was still complex, but it never seemed stalled. The mass removal I added to these decks seemed to help. Although there were no outright board wipes, Path of Mettle  Flip and Hurricane were both 3-for-1s that trimmed the creature count by 25 percent, and Perplexing Test was decent insurance for this deck's win condition. (By the way, this game ended on the seventh turn, which is quite good for these budget decks!)

DemonDragonJ on Strixhaven spoiler season

6 months ago

Black and white are my two favorite colors in this game, so, naturally, I am excited about the cards in the black and white deck.

Tempting contract is nice, but very unreliable, so I am not certain if I can put it into any of my current decks.

Felisa, fang of Silverquill is nice, but nothing spectacular, and I notice that many cards that are associated with Silverquill generate inkling tokens, just as many cards that are associated with Quandrix generate fractal tokens.

I do not like the wording on combat calligrapher; would it really have taken up too much space to write “whenever a creature attacks one of your opponents, its controller creates…etc.?”

Return to Dust has already been reprinted numerous times, so I dearly wish that WotC had instead reprinted Heliod's Intervention in this set, since that card has been printed only once, and is better in the majority of situations.

Guardian archon is definitely a great card, but its controller shall need to find a way to “flicker” it to truly get great value from it, but that should not be difficult to do, in white. I also like that this is the second card in the game with the text “secretly choose an opponent” and “activate this ability only once,” after Stalking Leonin .

Nils, discipline enforcer is a perfect example of white’s authoritarian nature, and he will definitely be annoying for many players whose decks rely upon putting +1/+1 counters on their creatures; I have a deck with Atraxa, Praetors' Voice as the general, so he could definitely hinder that deck, if I cannot deal with him, quickly. At least he does not have flash, because that would make him ridiculous.

Promise of loyalty will definitely lead to some very complicated political dealings in games that have more than two players, so I will be interested to see how it works.

Sponsorship scholar is another example of how card advantage works in white, and, even better, it allows players to search for any basic lands, not merely plains! Finally, WotC is making white more powerful and helping it to reach the other colors in terms of power!

I really like author of shadows; first, that artwork is amazing, and, second, the effect is very sinister, and will definitely turn the tide of a game, if used properly.

Bold plagiarist is the latest in a long line of cards that punish players who seek to gain advantage, but, at least, this one does not actually stop them from gaining advantage; it merely copies their advantage. Why is it that the opponent is the one who places the counters on the plagiarist, and not the controller of the plagiarist?

In a similar manner, cunning rhetoric is a continuation of black’s ability to discourage an opponent from attacking one’s self, and punishing them, if they do.

Fain, the broker, has serious potential for powerful combos, and could definitely lead to major shifts in games if used properly.

Incarnation technique would be good for either my Mimeoplasm or my Teneb, the Harvester decks, but I cannot remove and existing cards to make room for it.

With keen duelist, I first am very glad that there are still black wizards in this game, now that warlocks are a creature type, and, second, a symmetrical Dark Confidant will definitely lead to some major politics and bargains between players, and it should go without saying that the best way to use it is with the ability to manipulate your own deck, such as with Crystal Ball or Sensei's Divining Top .

Stinging study is a nice way to take advantage of a general with a higher casting cost, especially if that general has been sent back to the command zone at least once, and has become too expensive to reliably recast; given that that card costs 5 mana to cast, I say that a player should have a general with a converted mana cost of at least 5 to truly get good value from it.

Inkshield is like Batwing Brume on steroids, but its high mana cost does mean that it will require strategy and careful timing to be used most effectively; I personally think that it could have cost 4 mana and still have been perfectly balanced.

As for the reprints, did we really need another reprint of Zetalpa, Primal Dawn or Sun Titan ? However, the reprints of Utter End , Oblation , Magister of Worth , and Mikokoro, Center of the Sea are all welcome, and I am glad that WotC has finally reprinted Deathbringer Liege , because that card very badly needed to be reprinted.

Overall, WotC has really increased the quality of this year’s Commander product, compared to those from previous years, so I hope that every Commander product has this level of quality, from this point forward.

Potvuurka on Kot / Ketinky - Insane Selesnya aggro

1 year ago

BlackoutX

Thanks for suggestions ^^ I made a few changes, Is there any good card that can replace Stalking Leonin ?

Blackheart426 on THE WAR IS ON! [EDH] Basandra, Battle Seraph

1 year ago

I like this deck! For your consideration, Boros Charm to protect the fortress, Intimidation Bolt for if things get a little out of control or want to plan differently (smpke an opponents hatebear while preventing your creatures from swinging or hitting an opponents creature because you need one more turn to prepare), Labyrinth of Skophos, Harsh Justice and Deflecting Palm to turn the tables, and Stalking Leonin for more removal. Keep up the great work!

MokraMrkva on Kitten Crusades

1 year ago

I would go with Arahbo, Roar of the World and with a tactic of always having one or two cats on the field trying to hit people. Go tall. Alms Collector , Enlightened Ascetic , Kinjalli's Sunwing , Lost Leonin , Skyhunter Skirmisher , Stalking Leonin , Temur Sabertooth , Whitemane Lion , some ramp, removals, protection, a board wipe or two and some equipment. would take out Jareth, Leonine Titan because too much mana, Jazal Goldmane, Nacatl War-Pride , Qasali Slingers and Jedit Ojanen of Efrava for the same reason. Also cool are Heroic Intervention and Selesnya Charm. Stave Off has a cat on it.

griffstick on Death and Catzes

1 year ago

Its funny you said that. Because when I was looking at that card Stalking Leonin I was thinking the same thing, but more so how good it is 1v1. So I bought a playset

SynergyBuild on Death and Catzes

1 year ago

Also just going to put out how strong Stalking Leonin is in Legacy. Also you can flicker it with Felidar Guardian and pump it with King of the Pride. All uncounterable with Aether Vial/Cavern of Souls which this deck needs but I forgot in the two seconds I took to write it up

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